Denni Francisco is the founder and designer of Ngali and former owner of the iconic children’s wear label, Billiecart Clothing.
For her fashion has always been about more than looking good, it’s also about doing good. And that’s exactly what she wants to do with her most recent fashion label, Ngali, which uses the artwork of remote Aboriginal Australians on premium-quality clothing and collectibles.
As a proud Wiradjuri woman herself, finding a way to showcase Aboriginal history and creativity – that has been 80,000 years in the making – has always been important:
“Art is a lens through which our people see, understand and communicate with others. I want people to know who we are, who we’ve always been…that there’s more to us than what you see through the lens of 200 years of colonisation. And fashion is a good way to do this. It means we can expand our reach. It also means that remote artists can access opportunities they may not otherwise have had.”
‘Ngali’ which translates to ‘we’ or ‘us,’ in a number of Aboriginal languages, is also the embodiment of how Denni would like the world to be. She explains:
“Through Ngali, we want to create the “us” we’d like to see: a harmonious, sustainable and equitable union of people – all people, regardless of background – with the planet.”
No stranger to the fashion scene, Denni is hoping that Ngali can make a positive contribution to many, as did her previous label, Billiecart, which in its heyday had a multi- million turnover and worked directly with over 950 women across Australia.
Ngali will be showcasing in Studio Edit 1